Wonderful clips but the narration struggles to link them or find common ground that isn't obvious or over-stretching. Cousins' epic 'A Story of Film' often suffered from the same over indulgences but as a whole impressed; this shorter work however doesn't overcome them.
Beautiful. Deeply analytic but also warm and filled with love for the medium of cinema. Cousins voice is a joy to listen to, and his analysis are quite detailed and really well exposed. Also an amazing display of documetarist technique with an astonishing attention to details (for example how subtitles are never shown unless strictly necessary).
Lyrical narration, films you've never heard of (and probably will never get to see), a sense of the wonder of film and of childhood... by now I expect all these things as standard from Mark Cousins. SoCaF is good Cousins but only good Cousins (not a patch on the brilliance of There be Dragons)- the frame structure (observation of nephew and niece) is a unconvincing anchor and what was the trip to skye all about!
SFIFF '14 A fabulous look at children in world cinema, with only a couple of American ones included, and many rarities, not all the most typical ones we think of. Yes, a nod to Antoine Doinel's escape to the beach, but much, much more, including clips from some films I bet even YOU haven't seen!